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house speaker john boehner both laid out ideas to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. tax increases and spending cuts are due to hit in january, but today it seemed the two leaders and the bipartisan deal are still worlds apart. steve handelsman is on capitol hill with more on that. steve? >> you got it right. this is a restart of a high-stakes negotiation between those two men. the president and the speaker. the problem is beginning today where they left off, which is far apart. in a speech at the white house, president obama claimed the election proved most americans agree with his plan. that he calls balanced. cutting spending and hiking taxes to avoid the fiscal cliff. he said he's flexible -- >> but i refuse to accept any approach that isn't balanced. i am not going to ask students and seniors and middle class families to pay down the entire deficit while people like me making over $250,000 aren't asked to pay a dime more in taxes. >> reporter: he's calling in members of congress for fiscal cliff meetings next week. but the main republican negotiator, again, will be speaker joh
know, in a significant way. >> reporter: house speaker republican john boehner seemed to signal he gets that. >> we're willing to accept some additional revenues via tax reform. we're willing to accept new revenue under the right conditions. >> reporter: but anti-tax conservatives are jumping in to clarify and warn the speaker not to buckle. >> boehner's position is exactly where it was a year ago, two years ago, four years ago. don't raise taxes, have pro-economic growth policies and the government will get more revenue. not from higher taxes, but from more people working. >> reporter: it sounds like the same old fight. democrats hope the gridlock's been broken by barack obama's reelection. but in an associated press exit poll on tuesday, voters nationwide bought both parties' arguments about half saying tax the rich more, shrink government and cut spending. i'm steve handelsman, news4, capitol hill. >>> thanks, steve. how prepared was mitt romney to win the presidency on tuesday? his campaign team had already designed this. a website for his transition. the site was taken down. but it
elected us to focus on your jobs. not ours. >> reporter: the president and house speaker john boehner each are drawing a line in the sand over letting the bush era tax cuts expire for americans making more than $250,000 a year. >> instead of raising tax rates on the american people, accepting the damage it will do to our economy, let's start to actually solve the problem. >> reporter: the speaker wants a tax overhaul that raises money by cutti't hammer out a deal by year's end, the nation goes over the so-called fiscal cliff. taxes go up for everyone. an average of almost $3,500 per househo household. republicans say they want the president to address the real problem. >> and the real problem is uncontrolled entitlement spending, and a government that has grown massively. >> reporter: democrats say republicans are going to have to compromise. just like the president and his party did after getting walloped in the 2010 elections. >> we cut $900 billion in spending that we didn't like, painful to us. >> reporter: in washington, a high stakes search for middle ground. the president and the sp
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